The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.Gen. Paul Boroh(Retired) has enjoined state governments to promote local manufacturing capable of boosting operations in the nation’s automobile industry.
Gen. Boroh made the call at the batch B flag-off ceremony of an advanced training in automobile manufacturing technology for two hundred ex-agitators at the Innoson Kiara Academy in Umudim Nnewi, Anambra State.
The Presidential aide who was represented at the event by the Head of Vocational Training at the Amnesty Office, Faith Omofuma explained that the training is in consonance with the National automotive policy which aims to encourage local production.
Addressing what he described as an apparent and increasing lapse in specialised technical skills in automobile manufacturing in Nigeria, Brig. Gen. Boroh explained that the training of Amnesty delegates in this field is an attempt to reverse the trend and grow a crop of young Nigerians with the requisite knowledge to build a vibrant automotive industry.
In his welcome address, the CEO of Innoson Kiara Academy, Endi Ezengwa charged the students that the program which they have been enrolled will make them to be either self employed or help them gain employment in public and/private sectors of the economy. He further stressed that in addition to the courses, the Institution will offer them interpersonal skills which will improve their communication methods and encourage societal integration and Entrepreneurship skills to support those who wish to be self-employed.
Also in his address, the Chairman of Innoson Group, Chief Dr Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma OFR assured the students that he is ready to employ and support them at the completion of the program if they excel in their courses and are of good character. He further assured them that during the duration of their program, he will be coming around to lecture them on the art and skill of how to make and manage money.
It must be recalled that the Education for Employment programme under the Presidential Amnesty Office was designed to train and empower the ex agitators of the Niger Delta under the Presidential Amnesty Programme PAP. The Presidential Amnesty Program (PAP) in Automobile Maintenance is being handled by Innoson Kiara Academy, a Technical and Vocational Institution established by an international consulting firm in partnership with Innoson Group. Part of the courses in Automobile Maintenance includes; Auto Electrical, Auto Mechanic, Auto Welding and Fabrication, Auto Painting as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The two hundred ex-agitators are the second set of Amnesty delegates to undergo advanced training in Automobile manufacturing technology at the Innoson Kiara Academy.
The maiden edition of the training was in 2016 with 120 delegates participating in a nine month programme that culminated in building a 32 seater bus from scratch, while other 80 delegates were trained on Plastic production in Enugu.